New train launch in Abuja

Except for any technical hitches, the
Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) is
expected to launch the two new speed
locomotives it acquired for the Abuja to
Kaduna standard gauge train service in
October.

The trains, which arrived Lagos July 25, 2017
arrived Idu, Abuja on August 13, 2017.
The off-loading was completed on August 14, 2017.
By this week, the handing over of the new locomotives by the CCECC to the NRC management will be complete and training commence immediately,
followed by test run before commercial
deployment.
Already, the CCECC has commenced technical
evaluation of the two new locomotives before
handing them over to NRC.
Speaking on this, the NRC Liaison
Officer in Abuja, Mr. Pascal A Nnorli,
said:_ “By this week, the locomotives
should be fully taken over from the
Chinese. Once the NRC takes full
possession of the two locomotives, the
training of Nigerians who will operate
them will commence. The training will
be done by technical staff of the CCECC
just like they did before the train
service was launched.”_
Built to travel up to 150km per hour, once
deployed, the trains will cut travel time from
Abuja to Kaduna from about 2:45 minutes to about 1:30 minutes.
Also, the number of daily train services will
increase from the present four in future to come.

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